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Delaware Spotlight

The Delaware office remains a NOAA centric office focused on Operation, Maintenance, Repair, and Management contracts for the NOAA CO-OPS PORTS networks. Presently the office has seven staff members based in Dover, DE, Gloucester, VA, and Jacksonville, FL, plus a network of local marine service providers.

Woods Hole Group personnel continue to perform operations and maintenance activities for NOAA PORTS systems in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions under the “Operation, Maintenance, Repair & Management of the East Coast Observing Systems” contract with NOAA. Woods Hole Group enters the third year of a contract that covers the Narragansett Bay, New London, New Haven, New York-New Jersey Harbor, Delaware River and Bay, Upper Chesapeake Bay, Lower Chesapeake Bay, and Charleston PORTS networks. Woods Hole Group staff continues to provide NOAA with unparalleled service providing both routine and annual maintenance, along with station upgrades and emergency repairs for the PORTS along the East Coast of the US.

Woods Hole Group continues to work with our IDIQ partner from the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) servicing PORTS and NLWON stations for NOAA under the “Operation, Maintenance, Repair & Management of the Western Gulf of Mexico” contract that includes Lake Charles PORTS, Houston-Galveston PORTS, and the Texas NWLON network. These stations are managed by Woods Hole Group, with day to day operations performed by our partners at CBI.

In March of 2016, Woods Hole Group was awarded the contract to perform the operation and maintenance of the TCOON network in Texas. This award includes annual maintenance and emergency repairs for 26 stations along the Texas coast. In addition, the contract includes completion and service for five offshore single pile water level stations that are in the process of becoming fully operational. As with the Western Gulf of Mexico award, these stations will be managed by Woods Hole Group, with day to day operations performed by our partners at CBI. CBI has been the primary contractor for the State of Texas for these stations since they were funded and installed. Work started on these stations in early April. Woods Hole Group staff also supports CBI in the field, including for annual inspections and surveying.

During the past six-months, Woods Hole Group was awarded and in the process to install multiple new water level stations, air gap, and visibility stations. One visibility station is in the final approval stages to be installed within the Narragansett Bay PORTS system in Providence, RI. In Delaware Bay, Woods Hole Group installed a full water level station at the Tiago Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, PA in December 2015. The station named Bridesburg become operational in early 2016. Woods Hole Group is presently working with NOAA to start work on the installation of an Air Gap station on the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia, PA and a full water level station in Marcus Hook, PA. An additional visibility station to be installed close to the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the Chesapeake Bay is pending installation following final station design and review.

Newly installed Bridesburg water level station at the Tiago Marine Terminals in Philadelphia, PA.

The operation and maintenance phase of Jacksonville PORTS network that Woods Hole Group installed for the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange (JMTX), in partnership with NOAA, has been ongoing since April 2014 when the JXPORTS was declared operational and public dissemination of the data started. The Jacksonville PORTS network is the second largest behind the Chesapeake Bay PORTS network consisting of eighteen stations along the St. Johns River, including six water level stations with associated sensors, three visibility stations, seven current meter systems, one conductivity-only station, and one air gap station. The data are available on the NOAA PORTS webpage. Woods Hole Group continues with Operations and Maintenance of this PORTS network and has started the third year of the operations and maintenance contract. Woods Hole Group is presently working with JMTX to secure additional funding to extend the operations and maintenance contract for additional years. At this time all stations are fully operational and producing high quality data for the St. Johns River maritime community and future port stakeholders in Jacksonville.

In April of 2016, Woods Hole Group was awarded the contract to install a second wind monitoring station with visual and audial alarms at the Kinder Morgan Elizabeth River Terminals. This installation is scheduled to be installed in July 2016 and will provide the facility with data for off-loading permits.

The Delaware office continues to provide support for the ongoing Philadelphia Water Department project, providing field support for the long-term current monitoring stations and short-term current meter deployments. In additional, Woods Hole Group DE personnel are working with the Falmouth office to provide field assistance for modeling project for the Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in the Milford Neck, DE area.

The Woods Hole Group Delaware office will continue to work closely with the Falmouth, MA and Houston, TX offices supporting the NOAA PORTS contracts and additional projects throughout the remainder of the year.

Submitted by:

Clinton Hare, PhD
Mid-Atlantic Manager / Oceanographer
Woods Hole Group
100 Carlson Way, Suite 9
Dover, DE 19901

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